Monday, November 30, 2009
The day wasn't a total flop, Tivoli was OK, the kids loved the grotto things and I had a great bike ride in the forest in the morning.
Mandy and Troels came over to see us for lunch yesterday and I took it as a good excuse to make a cottage pie that I have been craving since someone else keeps talking about them. That turned out really well, I think as a result of the added thyme and cooking time. I also whipped up a batch of mince pies whilst MK and J make some biscuits as well so there was plenty of fat and sugar to go around.
I realised when I went to bed lat night that the furthest I been from my bed that day was the end of the drive to collect the news paper. Thankfully I am embarking on the Time Crunched Training Plan tonight so that I can try to offload some of the mince pies.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Tonight we are going to watch Father Christmas turn on the lights in Ringsted. He is supposed to be arriving by fire engine so we are all really excited about being there.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I could barely be any more middle of the pack. So what next? I am hoping to get into the top 1/3 by the end of the races although I suspect that will be tough...
There are also some photo that I happen to be in but none actually of me.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Friday was a very long day, I got up at 5:30, went to the airport and flew to Århus for the company team building day and Christmas party that went on late into the night. Saturday morning, I got up without too much of a hangover, but rather tired and went home again for a quiet afternoon and a nice meal chez T&B.
Yesterday the weather was crappy, but after making a great big pile of pancakes for breakfast, I loaded up the bike onto the car and set off for the forest north of Copenhagen for the second round of the Slush cup. This was the first actual race as the last round was a time trial to determine which start group you would be in when the racing began.
It was very wet and muddy but thankfully not too cold at around 10C so not really too unpleasant after you got used to the mud in your eyes and mouth. I started at the back of group 4 and managed to hold my place reasonably well during the race. I did 3 laps which took an hour and 15 minutes and felt like enough. My bike was totally blocked with mud by the end, it was getting heavier and the gears were starting to play up so I was happy to stop. Amazingly, the leading 3 or 4 riders managed to lap me in that time which was pretty humbling because I didn't think I was doing too badly!
I really enjoyed the race and am looking forward to the rest of the races although a couple of them are a long way from home on the north coast.
By the time I was home and the bike was cleaned it was pretty much time to get on with making dinner and that was the end of the day for me. When there are some results and pictures posted, I put some up here.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I was lucky enough to have work to do so I was at home listening to the rain beating on the windows whilst the others were out experiencing it.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
We don't know when the operation will be re-scheduled but at least we can have some more fun with my mum now.
Monday, November 16, 2009
On Saturday morning MK headed off for the last time into town to try and encourage some people to vote for her tomorrow in the local elections. DK, J and I went into town a little later in the morning to offer some support and to pick up some shopping on the way home for lunch. By the time I got around to going out on my bike it was getting a little late and when I had a flat tyre after about 5km, I decided to cut the ride short and just do a local loop before heading home to take J for a ride as it was getting dark. We found J's lights and went for our usual trip over the bridge and back and to visit the hens whilst the chicken cooked in the oven.
Sunday ended up being similarly unproductive but rewarding. MK took the boys to handball in the morning whilst I relaxed a bit and made some pancakes for them to eat when they got home. Then J and I went swimming along with every other person within an hours drive of the pool. It was most unpleasantly busy for the first 30 minutes, but then most people went home for lunch and we had some more space. After lunch J and I made some fairy cakes to get in practice for Grandma's visit this week before I made started work on a toad in the hole for tea.
It was nice to do some stuff with the kids, this is going to be a stressful week and I think the bike riding can wait until it is over and we can breath a little more easily.
This morning I dropped the original dynamic duo off at the hospital, apparently they have to talk to a doctor and have some blood tests today but should be home with us tonight...
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Last week I ruined a T shirt by splashing bleach on it whilst cleaning up after then event. I didn't mind too much because it was only £2 in M&S.
This evening I demonstrated that an idiot doesn't learn from his mistakes by doing the same to a new long sleeved top that hasn't even been in the washing machine yet. I can't get another because I bought it in France.
As I think I said yesterday about something else - Bollocks
Thursday, November 12, 2009
When I got home last night MK complained that only one of the speakers was working so I had to have another fiddle to reconnect a speaker wire that had come out of the connector. Whilst fiddling with the cable the shelf fell off the wall onto the now empty shelf below which promptly fell onto the floor.
Thankfully nothing landed on my bare feet because that would have really hurt, but our rather expensive cd player, amplifier and a speaker were sitting on the floor.
The cd player no longer recognises that it has discs in it. I suspect that is terminal...
Amp - no problems
Speaker - 2 of the 4 pegs that hold the cover on have broken off, but it works fine so I may just remove the covers from both.
At least we can still play music from my ipod that has all of our cds on it, except for the kids one for now. Sort of a result...
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I managed to get myself out of bed with a gentle kick from MK this morning and into the basement for some turbo training on my bike. It wasn't that bad once I had started but I really hate getting out of bed before I REALLY have to. I am working from home on Friday and promise myself to take an hour or so out at lunchtime to get some fresh air out on the bike at last. In the meantime, it's back to work...
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 09, 2009
This is NOT me, but I did see a few face plants whilst I was there.
Friday, November 06, 2009
I suspect MK will agree whole heartedly
Have a good weekend and I hope there will be a report from my mountain bike race on Monday.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
For the time being I am sure I'll survive, but I am still looking for the solution and hopefully it will be rather less expensive than one of these...
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
I have just heard that DKs feet are fabulous and the dynamic duo are off to do the shops in Manchester for the remainder of the afternoon before flying home again later this evening. It will have been a long day for them both.
J and I are going to have a boys evening. Maybe going for a short bike ride in the dark if the rain ever stops and probably eating some pizza at some point.
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
There are 7 races in total, each one lasting 1 hour plus one lap so a maximum of about 1 hour 20 minutes per race. The last race is at the end of February in Sorø with the others spaced neatly through the rest of the long, cold, wet, dark winter. MK is planning on coming along with the boys for the first one, we'll have to wait and see if that is enough spectating for them.